The Yellow Birds (Hardcover)

Author: Powers, Kevin

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In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316219365
SKU 228684458
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0316219363
Release Date 9/11/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Praise
"Powers writes with a rawness that brings the sights and smells as well as the trauma and decay of war home to the reader."
"Powers's style and story are haunting." (starred review)
"[An] intense debut."
"[B]rilliantly observed and deeply affecting: at once a freshly imagined story about a soldier's coming of age, a harrowing tale about the friendship of two young men trying to stay alive on the battlefield in Iraq, and a philosophical parable about the loss of innocence and the uses of memory."
"[A] first novel as compact and powerful as a footlocker full of ammo.....Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen."
"[Powers] evoke sthe peculiar smell and feel of the war better than any journalist."
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Editors Note "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails Sergeant ordered Bart to watch over Murph, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murph becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible actions. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, THE YELLOW BIRDS is a groundbreaking novel about the costs of war that is destined to become a classic.
Annotation THE YELLOW BIRDS, by Kevin Powers, was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2012.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0230
Publisher Little Brown and Company

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